China’s Vice-Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen (seated, far right) began his career as a junior official at the then Chinese foreign trade ministry in 1989. Photo: Xinhua

Wang Shouwen, China’s former ‘foot soldier’ now promoted to ‘general’ in US-China trade talks

  • The vice-commerce minister is Vice-Premier Liu He’s deputy and chief translator in the trade talks with the likes of US trade representative Robert Lighthizer
  • The 53-year-old has spent the majority of his 30-year career focused almost entirely on Chinese foreign trade
Topic |   China economy

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China’s Vice-Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen (seated, far right) began his career as a junior official at the then Chinese foreign trade ministry in 1989. Photo: Xinhua
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China’s Vice-Premier Liu He met US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House last week. Photo: Bloomberg

‘No second choice’: Liu He, China’s man on the front lines of the trade war talks with the United States

  • China’s English-speaking vice-premier, special envoy and chief trade negotiator is President Xi Jinping’s top economic aide who is respected the world over
  • The 67-year-old was in Washington last week for the latest round of talks with US negotiators and President Donald Trump
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China’s Vice-Premier Liu He met US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House last week. Photo: Bloomberg
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